Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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From:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #66
ABV:
11%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,122
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
Ratings:
516
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 04, 2022
Added:
Feb 21, 2010
Wants:
  44
Gots:
  116
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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4.19 by BobsBrewReview from Missouri on Jun 04, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 2022 and served barely chilled. I don't recall exactly how old this bottle is, but it has been in the cellar for at least two years, possibly more.

Pours deep cola brown with ruby red highlights; situated atop is one finger of smooth, creamy, off white-coloured head that lasts for two minutes or so. A generous collar of creamy suds remains behind, encircling a thin, filmy cap, with a narrow ring of lace left clinging to the glass. The booze fumes are hard to miss, that's for sure - beyond that, I'm getting raisin, prune, candi sugar, maybe a touch of milk chocolate, and a whole lot of spiciness. Clove for sure, but it's peppery too, with anise and something else I can't quite put my finger on.

This is an unbelievably smooth quad, especially at 11%. Candi sugar and dark fruit flavours are dominant - plum, raisin, cherry and fig, with dark, bready malts and treacle. Hints of licorice towards the back end, in addition to clove spice and some peppery notes; mildly herbal aftertaste of licorice, with lingering candi sugar and surprisingly little warmth from the ethanol - though it does have a bit of a numbing effect on the tongue after you've been sipping for a while. Full bodied, with moderately low carbonation that rolls softly across the tongue; feels smooth, pillowy, and very satisfying on the palate, like many of the best sippers.

Final Grade: 4.37, a rare A grade. What better way to celebrate the passing of another plague-ridden year than with an exceptionally impressive quadrupel? Kasteel's Cuvée du Chateau is a complex dark strong ale that I found utterly delightful from start to finish: I really need to try this side-by-side with Donker so I can more accurately discern the differences, but my impression is that Cuvée is somewhat less sweet and more spicy. I'm not sure which of Van Honsebrouck's masterpieces I prefer most, but does that really matter when I'd buy either one of them again in a heartbeat? Highly recommended, but consider locking it away in the cellar for a year or two.

Dec 31, 2021
 
3.82 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 29, 2021
 
4.62 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina on Nov 04, 2021
 
4.02 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Oct 16, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Greywulfken from New York

Dark brown/black body, slim film of tan foam... On tap at The Good Life Dark and rick with fruits and molasses, with a hint of wood and leather to round off the sugars - full-feeling and soft - really good stuff...

May 02, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11%. Colour mid between mahogany and ebony, moderate to low beige head. Lovely aroma, malty with strong notes of brown kandij sugar and caramel, also notes of dark dried fruits, hints of mild spices, leather and oak. Malty and medium sweet flavour, notes of dark dried fruits, brown sugar and caramel again, also hints of mild spices, chocolate and oak, moderate hops in the finish. Moderately warming mouthfeel. Excellent stuff.

Apr 23, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RRB328 from Massachusetts

Enjoyed at Bedford Village Inn with Jolene, 10/3/20

Oct 04, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Captain68 from Russian Federation

90,5

Aug 18, 2020
 
4.09 by Gooljd from England on Jul 28, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Very dark, looks black until held up to a light -> ultra dark ruby chestnut. Clear. Pours with 2mm ultra-fine light tan head.
S- Toasty and smokey.
T- Boof!! Toast, smoke, cinders. intensely deep and pungent
F- Deep heavy toasty winter warmer
O- Very nice, clearly pungent, give me more.
Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle BB: 01-2025

May 24, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by KooVee from Finland

750ml bottle, 2016 vintage, so 3+ years old.

Very dark amber colour, not totally clear. Dense light ochre head, decently sticky lace.

Drive-by aroma is sweet figs, caramel, brown sugar. Deeper inhale expands to prunes, and a hint of tartness appears as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel has not thinned yet, carbonation still keeps things lively against the sweetness. The sugar does show development. There is a complex, understated quality to the middle of the taste, with associations to cellar and dark fruits, and at the end a pleasant counterweight of slight tartness. Which this particular yeast tends to produce according to my own experience. Hop-derived bitterness is in a very minor role but still there, closing the curtain.

At this age, still has a lot of potential for further development. There is still body and sweetness to transform, and tartness can still increase relatively without losing balance. That said, this beer is already an excellent example of a well-aged quad. The subtle acidity raises this above the stereotypical.

Feb 08, 2020
 
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Dec 29, 2019
 
4.11 by edthehead from New York on Dec 17, 2019
 
4.14 by jsgodfrey from Netherlands on Oct 26, 2019
 
4.02 by arzt from Germany on Oct 04, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a darker brown color with a small ring of lacing atop.

Smells of sugar glazed caramel, additional rock sugar, licorice and peppery spices, adding a nice depth to the malts.

Drinks lighter with a well pronounced, mineralic carbonation, especially during the finish.

Tastes of milk chocolate, raisins, licorice and a note of fudge. Produces an earthy flavor together with rock sugar and more milk chocolate. Finnishes with cinnamon, kardamom and peppers among remaining toffee.

Tasty and sweet, with a nice, well nuanced depth to justify the higher abv in this.

Sep 27, 2019
 
4.03 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jul 07, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Murkiest, darkest brown color.

Small khaki head; strong lacing.

Black pepper nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Black pepper ice cream flavor; unique & delicious.

Definitely a sipper, but one I'll return to. This is the 2010 edition; tastes & smells fresh & lively.

Apr 28, 2019
 
3.82 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Mar 31, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by josanguapo from Spain

Version de 2012. 10 meses pasada de fecha. En copa Kasteel. Viendo The OA 1x03-04. Agradables notas a frutas oscuras aunque algo faltas de intensidad y sobradas de alcohol. Se echa en falta cuerpo

Mar 24, 2019
 
4.02 by zbelair from Pennsylvania on Mar 16, 2019
 
4.25 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania on Mar 08, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Zet from Netherlands

According to its label, this is brewed to taste like a ten year matured Kasteel Donker. I have no idea how you can brew maturity, so I'll just judge the results. Same nice dark brown colour again, with a modest layer of foam. A nose filled with dark fruits, malt, wood, cinnamon, alcohol and yeast. Same flavours in the taste, which is less sweet than the original and also has a nice tartness mixed in. A medium to full bodied mouth feel. It's still not exceptional, but a nice complex yet balanced quad nonetheless and yes, indeed a better version than its original in my opinion.

Feb 04, 2019
 
4.3 by marcrech from Brazil on Jan 17, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

Pretty impressive beer. Similar to their Trippel, but not quite a tasty or complex.

Nov 22, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wolvmar from Michigan

11.2 oz bottle. Says it’s a 2014 vintage but no bottled on date or best before date that I could see. Purchased at Barrels & Vines.

Pour: poured into a pint glass. Dark, deep muddy brown. Thin tan head that held in well with a thick ring and moderate bubble lacing. Someone said it looks a bit like sewer water...unfortunately there’s some truth to that.

Nose: lots of dark fruit. Nutmeg, cinnamon, holiday spices. Hint of alcohol.

Taste: toasted bready malts. Spice, dark fruit, a little orange peel. Some dark chocolate, a little oatmeal. Lots going on. Some alcohol heat on the backend.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. Not real thick but has substance. Clean finish.

Overall: really like this. Would pair well with roasts, steak, game. Great by itself as well.

Nov 04, 2018
 
4.15 by Eltrandos from France on Oct 24, 2018
 
4.93 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska on Oct 20, 2018
 
4.09 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2018
 
4.15 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Aug 18, 2018
 
4.1 by DioS from Georgia on Aug 17, 2018
 
3.25 by Brycezawada from Canada (AB) on Aug 03, 2018
 
4.13 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands on Jul 19, 2018
 
4.1 by zknight from Korea (South) on Jul 09, 2018
 
4.77 by sraufstok from Slovenia on Jun 21, 2018
 
4.94 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jun 17, 2018
 
3.77 by -steve- from Canada (ON) on Jun 09, 2018
 
4.27 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Jun 01, 2018
 
4.64 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC) on May 26, 2018
Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 516 ratings